Hole by Hole Tour
Plan ahead for your visit to Chapel-en-le Frith Golf Club and make the most of your round with our course planner and Pro's tips.
COLOURED TEE EXPLANATION
WHITE: Men's Club Competition / YELLOW: Visitors / RED: Ladies / BLUE: Junior or beginner
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A classic dog leg hole to start, with the corner well protected by a large tree. For most players the best line is at or slightly right of the marker post although anything too far right may end up in the ditch that borders the fairway. Playing left of the post runs the risk of being blocked out by the trees. Club selection is all important for the approach shot as out of bounds awaits behind the green. Aim left of the flag to avoid the steep bank right of the green.
Pro’s Tip: Don’t go through this green as out of bounds waits.
For bigger hitters, a drive over or slightly right of the tree will find the down slope on the fairway and gain an all important extra few yards. For most, however, a tee shot aimed at the marker post will take the two grass bunkers out of play. A good second shot here will set up a chance to attack the flag but check your yardages to this deep green as there can be as much as two clubs difference between front and back pin positions.
Pro’s Tip: Bigger hitters can take on the fairway bunker, this considerably shortens the hole.
For bigger hitters, a drive over or slightly right of the tree will find the down slope on the fairway and gain an all important extra few yards. For most, however, a tee shot aimed at the marker post is the ideal play. A good second shot here will set up a chance to attack the flag but check your yardages to this deep green as there can be as much as two clubs difference between front and back pin positions.
Pro’s Tip: Your second shot will most likely be from a sloping lie so adjust your stance accordingly.
This 90 degree dog leg left demands a tee shot of around 200 yards aimed at the marker to set up a short approach into the green, although depending on the wind direction it can often play a lot longer off the tee. The green is defended by a narrow stream and two large trees making a clean strike essential into the up sloping green. Longer hitters may be brave (or perhaps foolish) enough to take the green on from the tee, even though it demands a shot played over two lines of trees (and the out of bounds) aimed at a green that cannot be seen from the tee. Some succeed, but many never see their ball again.
Pro’s Tip: It’s easy to over shoot this green, a lateral water hazard waits at the back.
Arguably the most daunting tee shot on the golf course. Picking the right line here is essential as the further left your aim, the longer the carry required to reach the fairway. Hitting the tee shot with a slight draw will follow the line of the fairway and shorten this long par 4, otherwise, best to play safe and don’t be tempted to take on too much of the tree line, as anything left or in the stream is OB. Your approach shot to a difficult green is likely to be played with the ball above your feet, so aiming at the right half of the green is advised as the ball will generally gather from there towards the centre. Depending where the hole is cut you may well still be left with a putt with a double break. This is stroke index 2 for a good reason!
Pro’s Tip: Confident long hitters can take on more of the corner than you think but you will need a 220 yard carry.
Often played into the prevailing wind, this hole tends to play longer than its yardage suggests and only an accurate shot will find the green. Anything short will be caught by the bunkers guarding the front approaches.
Pro’s Tip: Take time out and enjoy the magnificent views.
An inviting tee shot to a broad, upward sloping fairway leaving a mid to short iron approach to the green. Club selection for your approach is critical here: Pitch it on the bank short of the green and the ball may well stop short on the up slope; hit it long and you are likely to be faced with a tricky downhill put on this steeply sloping green. Get it just right, and you’ll be rewarded with an uphill putt and a good chance of making birdie.
Pro’s Tip: Hit your approach big and you will need a putting touch better than Tiger Woods.
On this shortish par 5 alongside the reservoir a confident drive aimed at the white marker post is best as there is out of bounds both left and right on this hole. Stay well to the left with your second to set up the best approach to the green. This will open up the green allowing an attacking approach shot and also takes the bunkers hiding on the right out of play – the undulating green still presents a challenge
Pro’s Tip: This green falls away to the back with a large step so you need to think hard about your approach.
Beware of over-hitting this short par 3, the easiest hole on the course. Sand traps await should you under estimate the distance. Bunkers short and right await wayward shots.
Pro’s Tip: Stroke 18 and the number of shots dropped on this hole is amazing, anywhere on the green will do.
Another daunting tee shot to begin the back nine! The ideal target line is the furthest Poplar Tree on the right hand side of the fairway. Any tee shot straying to the right may be fortunate enough to end up on the adjacent fairway but is just as likely to get snagged up in the trees. The green slopes gently away from the fairway and is protected by a large bunker short right. Keep it straight and this hole offers a good birdie opportunity
Pro’s Tip: A thin row of trees to the right of the fairway will punish a wayward tee shot and will have you trying to manufacture shots to the green.
A good drive to the middle of the fairway is required here if you want to have any chance of attacking this green in two as it is the approach shot that defines this hole. With a three tiered green; bunkers front left, and back right; trees on both sides and a large pond thrown in for good measure it has everything you could possibly want. Birdies here are few and far between, although as many pars are achieved by laying up short of the water and attacking the flag with a short iron as they are by taking on the green after a poor tee shot.
Pro’s Tip: In my opinion this is one of the best holes in Derbyshire. Enjoy.
On this modest par 5 the ideal tee-shot line is centre fairway and aiming at the conifer hedge is usually a good reference point. The second shot here is all about position. A ditch cuts across the fairway about 100 yards short of the green and is marked by a number of trees including on centre fairway. Choose your club carefully to avoid over running into the ditch and leave yourself the chance to take on the flag with a short to mid iron. Big hitters may go for the green, or at least try to clear the ditch with their second, but the more cautious may prefer to lay-up and go for a safe par.
Pro’s Tip: Be careful not to be blocked out by the tree when laying up short of the fairway ditch.
With the green not visible from the tee this hole depends on good club selection and commitment. Any shot falling slightly short will tend to helped on by a kick forwards and to the left, but anything too long will run away down the steep banking behind the green. Bunkers short right, and left of the green are similarly invisible from the tee, so beware!
Pro’s Tip: There is more room on the right than you think.
The signature hole of Chapel’s picturesque course offers either heaven or hell. Don’t let the yardage fool you here – it may not be long, but that doesn’t make it simple! The green is defended by a large duck pond which runs all the way up to the front edge of the putting surface. Play your tee shot for position, aiming at the red marker post which stands out behind the green. A well struck approach here can set up a good birdie opportunity but anything short will have you reaching into your bag for another ball!
Pro’s Tip: For the longer hitter try to get as close to the pond as you can. The bank up to the pond should save you if you flush one.
This narrow par 3 plays its part in testing your skill. Straight line accuracy, even if a little short on approach, offers you the chance to keep par.
Pro’s Tip: The green slopes right to left so aim towards the right hand side of the green.
Gently curving to the left, and uphill all the way this hole tends to play even longer than its yardage. A good drive to the middle or right of the fairway will open up the views of the green. Any approach shot played from distance will tend to gather from the left as it runs onto the green, however there is also a hidden bunker back left if you over do it! One of the most testing greens on the course, and rarely a straight putt to close out a well deserved par.
Pro’s Tip: This hole is the first of one of the most demanding finishes in Derbyshire. A drive onto the fairway is essential.
Down the gently sloping hill, keep the drive centre fairway to give yourself a great chance of attacking the green in two. Anything left or right tends to rule out this option, and too far right will find the out of bounds. This green slopes away from the approach shot and hides many interesting breaks. Skilled players will still find this well guarded hole quite testing.
Pro’s Tip: Land your approach a little short as your shot will always run on more than you think.
The final hole, and a wonderful example of a classic par 5. . A well placed tee shot to the central fairway sets up a straight forward second between the trees to the end of the fairway. Take care as you play your approach shot between the trees, over the stream, avoiding the inconspicuous deep bunker left, onto the rambling final green. As you would expect, many interesting, challenging breaks are well hidden, force you to concentrate right to the very end.
Pro’s Tip: Don’t make the mistake of trying to lay up to close to the stream as you will find yourself playing into the green from a steep downhill lie.